Diablo III is a hack and slash action role-playing video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the installment in the Diablo franchise and was released in the Americas, Europe, South Korea, and Taiwan on May 15,2012. A console version was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 3,2013, versions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were released on August 19,2014. In the game, players choose one of six character classes – Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor or Wizard – and are tasked with defeating the Lord of Terror, Diablo. It has sold, along with Reaper of Souls,30 million copies across all platforms, Diablo III received critical acclaim from critics, although its digital rights management that requires an internet connection at all times was criticized. The expansion pack Diablo III, Reaper of Souls was released for the Windows, for consoles the expansion pack content was released as part of the Diablo III, Ultimate Evil Edition version. It was released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Diablo III, Ultimate Evil Edition includes the original console version of Diablo III and Diablo III, Reaper of Souls expansion pack. Much like in Diablo and Diablo II, the quality and attributes of equipment are randomized, in addition to base stats, higher-quality items have additional properties, such as extra damage, attribute bonuses, bonuses to critical hit chance or sockets. Higher level monsters tend to higher level items, which tend to have higher base stats. The proprietary engine incorporates Blizzards custom in-house physics, and features destructible environments with an in-game damage effect, the developers sought to make the game run on a wide range of systems without requiring DirectX10. Diablo III uses a custom 3D game engine in order to present a view to the player. Enemies utilize the 3D environment as well, in such as crawling up the side of a wall from below into the combat area. As in Diablo II, multiplayer games are possible using Blizzards Battle. net service, players are also able to drop in and out of sessions of co-operative play with other players. Unlike its predecessor, Diablo III requires players to be connected to the internet due to their DRM policy. An enhanced quest system, a random level generator, and a random encounter generator are used in order to ensure the game provides different experiences when replayed. Unlike previous iterations, gold can be picked up merely by touching it, or coming within range, adjusted by gear, players can still assign specific attacks to mouse buttons. Skill runes, another new feature, are skill modifiers that are unlocked as the player levels up, unlike the socketable runes in Diablo II, skill runes are not items but instead provide options for enhancing skills, often completely changing the gameplay of each skill. For example, one skill rune for the Wizards meteor ability reduces its arcane power cost, while another turns the meteor to ice, as in Diablo II, Diablo III gives players the choice to make hardcore characters
The five original character classes of Diablo III. From left to right: Wizard, Witch Doctor, Demon Hunter, Barbarian, and Monk.
Character creation screen with the Demon Hunter selected